- 0Aug 26, '10 by sunshineintheforestI am in the beginning of nursing school. I am planning my path to my future and I am almost positive CRNA is the path I want to take. My question is... Once I become a CRNA are there many jobs? I don't seem to see them listed. I worry I will go through it all and then not find a job or not have options in where I want to live because there are such few to choose from. Does anyone have any info? It would be great to hear it:-)
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- 3Aug 26, '10 by MsbossyRNVisit job websites and type it in to see how many positions are being offered at that hospital. I know at one hospital in my area its not listed under nursing jobs, but under medical jobs, NP is listed there too. I think its great that you are doing your research now. Just remember that by the time you finish school the job market could be better or worse. But if its something you really want to do then go for it!
- 5Aug 26, '10 by PostOpPrincessYou've got a long road. You should worry about it, IF you pass nursing school, IF you get a license and IF you get a job...that's about 7 years down the road before you even start CRNA school. Start asking these questions when you're ready to apply...
- 1Aug 26, '10 by netglowRight now is a bad time for nursing. Many of us are out of work these days. I've seen openings for CRNAs.
As how the market will be for you once you need to work as a nurse, no one can say. I have heard scuttlebutt about how there are many programs opening to get in on the quick cash, and like registered nursing, CRNAs are beginning to get pumped into the system. Some anesthetists say they already notice a dumbing down occurring in the system, and there is a noticeable widening knowledge gap. BTW, I am sure you know you will have to work as an ICU nurse for a while as a prereq for your CRNA. If you really want this, than you should do it. But you also should save some money to live on in case your plans get delayed somewhere along the line.
- 4Aug 26, '10 by NRSKarenRN AdminLast edit by NRSKarenRN on Aug 26, '10
- 0Aug 26, '10 by AnnaiyaTake a deep breath and don't worry about it. You have years yet before you graduate from CRNA school and the job market will be very different by then. Healthcare is changing and our economy will hopefully improve. New grad CRNA jobs are harder to get now than they used to be, but that will change with time. I'd be more concerned about being able to get an ICU job, since you will need a couple years ICU RN experience before you can apply to CRNA school. And those can be very hard to come by in this economy. The best thing you can do for yourself right now is make sure you get straight As in school.
- 0Aug 26, '10 by wtbcrna GuideSeven years is the bare minimum of time it takes to become a CRNA, and that is if you get done with your BSN in exactly 4yrs, do only 1 year of acute care, get into school on your 1st time, and goto a school that is only 2yrs long (most nurse anesthesia schools are 2.5 - 3yrs and that is slowly increasing as more schools adopt a Doctorate instead of Masters degree). The average time it takes from start of college to becoming a CRNA is probably somewhere around 10+yrs for most CRNAs.
- 2Aug 26, '10 by nursein2012It's frustrating to see everyone keep posting that it's a bad time for nursing. The truth is: It depends where you live/where you want to work. Just do some research in your area or wherever you want to work. Don't let anyone discourage you!